Bali bombers executed

bali bombersThree Indonesian Islamists convicted of killing 202 people in a 2002 bombing at two nightclubs on the Indonesian island of Bali were executed by firing squad early Sunday.

Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron, who are brothers, and Imam Samudra, were shot by firing squad in central Java after midnight. The executions were reported by the television network TvOne, citing an anonymous source.

The 2002 Bali attacks were the bloodiest in a sustained period of Al-Qaeda-inspired jihadist aggression in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

Samudra and brothers Nurhasyim and Ghufron were executed several miles from their high security prison on Nusakambangan island, said Qadar Faisal, one of their attorneys. Their bodies will be taken by helicopter to their home villages for burial, he said.

The men spent their last months in a maximum security jail on a prison colony surrounded by snake-infested swamps. Twenty-four Britons died in the attacks, and there were 88 Australians, more than any other nationality, among the victims.

Some 30 people were convicted in relation with the assault by Jemaah Islamiyah, a mostly Indonesian terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda.

The BBC said security forces in Indonesia are on high alert as a precaution in case the executions inspire reprisal attacks from regional militants.

In recent months, the men publicly expressed hope that their executions would trigger revenge attacks in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Police have responded by stepping up security at foreign embassies, oil depots and at tourist resorts.